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Grime/techno/jungle hybrids have become all the rage in the UK over the past few months with producers like Peverelist, Girl Unit, Tessela and more striving to make their tracks as bare-bones and percussive as possible. Of course, Hessle Audio (specifically Pearson Sound) has been pushing this sound for years and has received many plaudits for it, but its recent popularity has opened the floodgates for experimentation. Of those dipping his toes into the mix, Atlanta-based Helix has produced some of the most engrossing results, starting with “Drum Track” off of Night Slugs Allstars Vol. 2 and continuing with Club Constructions Vol. 4. The young producer’s tracks are skeletal and, at times, harsh, but also retain a certain euphoric quality that resonates in his brief, but tactful synth work. On Helix’s remix of Chits’ “Looking So Good” (out now on Astro Nautico), the stomping kick drums are the clear focus, but percolating chord arrangements keep the track from fomenting into industrial madness and it’s this balance of mid-range tones and deep low end that allows the remix to function as something more than a DJ tool. Stream the remix below and look out for the vinyl release on 11/26.

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While inconsistent at times, New York-based party collective/label Astro Nautico’s annual 4/20 Atlantics compilation is easily one of our most anticipated releases every year and always includes a few up-and-comers that are sure to make big moves in the coming eight months. Last years’s volume included tracks from current heavy hitters like Morri$ (Night Slugs), Baauer (LuckyMe) and Djemba Djemba (Mad Decent) as well as a bevy of under appreciated producers along the lines of Pixelord, Time Wharp and Abel. Volume 3 features some Astral Plane favorites including Big Voyage, Druid Cloak and up-and-coming live act Archie Pelago. At 32 tracks, there are some duds of course, but the majority of the tape is truly quality and features some real gems (Seafloor’s “Your Symphony”). Furthermore, it’s free. That’s right, 32 free tracks from your favorite producers. For free. Enjoy.

If you have preternatural memory abilities, you’ll remember that Kong kicked off Volume Three of our Mixes From The Astral Plane series with “OooO” by Brookyln (by way of LA) based Jesse Pimenta aka Dreams. Besides appearing in Kong’s mix, “OooO” was featured on Astro Nautico’s Atlantics Vol. 2 compilation. Now Astro Nautico is set to release Pimenta’s debut LP, Lost Kingdom, tomorrow (October 5). Dreams released an EP on Absent Fever last October, a collection tracks with a pleasant, breathable disposition. It appears that Pimenta is taking his sound in a different direction on his debut, opting for a spacier quality with some Lex Luger thrown in for good measure. You can stream “Over” below and head over to XLR8R to download the title track.